MOUNTAIN VIEW — The U.S. far right plans to take its dispute with Google to the company’s doorsteps, with a nationwide “March on Google” set to take place this month.
Organizers pointed to Google’s sacking of software engineer James Damore for a controversial anti-diversity memo as the spark that ignited the protest march. But the alt-right has long held out Google and social media companies Facebook and Twitter as enemies of free expression, saying they promote a liberal agenda and censor conservative views.
“We are going to raise awareness about Google’s one-sided bias and campaign against dissenting opinions and voices,” far-right activist and protest march organizer Jack Posobiec told this news organization via Twitter.
“Google’s firing of James Damore is the flashpoint here,” he said. “An engineer fired for simply expressing an opinion that ran counter to Google’s politically-charged atmosphere of an “Ideological Echo Chamber” as (Damore) put it.
“Real Americans are sick of Big Tech’s crackdown on free speech and we’re taking to the streets.”
Members of the alt-right argue that Google’s YouTube censors right-wing content under rules against extremist material.
Google’s Mountain View headquarters, along with other U.S. offices of the company, will be targeted in the Aug. 19 event, Posobiec said.
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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